Parents raise fears over safety at junction
5:30am Thursday 20th March 2014 in By Mike Benke, @Michael_Benke
PARENTS have spoken of their concern for road safety at the Moredon Road junction where Caitlin Hunt died.
The nine-year-old was hit by a bus on Moredon Road, close to Blair Parade, shortly before 6pm on Tuesday.
The point where Church Walk meets Moredon Road has a raised platform which brings the road surface level with the pavement. Mums collecting children – some of whom were Caitlin’s classmates – from Rodbourne Cheney Primary School, said it was an accident waiting to happen.
Lisa Clarke, 26, a mum-of-three, said: “I have always thought it’s dangerous. All of this area is dangerous for the children with the roundabout and busy roads.”
Sarah Yates, 27, also a mum-of-three, said: “There should be a fence put down the whole length of this road (Moredon Road) to the junction (with Church Walk).
“You always worry about your kids when they come out of school.”
Mum-of-two Louise McCarthy, 31, said: “It looks like a crossing to kids and they might think they can cross without any issues. It’s just so, so shocking.”
A Swindon Council spokesman said: “The traffic calming measures were introduced in late 2007 to reduce the number of accidents. As a result, a series of consultation events were held prior to the scheme being approved.
“The measures were put in place following a cluster of accidents in the vicinity of Blair Parade between May 2000 and May 2005. During this period there were nine accidents resulting in injuries, two of which were serious.
“Over the most recent five-year period since the speed tables and 20mph limit were introduced, there has been one slight accident, prior to the latest tragedy.”
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